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Hungarian F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton quickest in Hungarian FP1

Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to the fastest time of first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to the fastest time of first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

On a warm and sunny morning at the Hungaroring, Hamilton set a best time of 1:25.814 to beat Rosberg by 0.183s. Rosberg had been keen to get in as many laps as possible, circulating alone early in the session and completing a total of 31 laps which suggests Mercedes is keen to avoid any issues due to the lack of FRIC suspension at the bumpy Hungaroring.

Ferrari emerged as Mercedes' closest challenger in the opening session, with Kimi Raikkonen third fastest on a 1:26.421. Raikkonen was the only car within a second of Hamilton, with team-mate Fernando Alonso fourth fastest by 1.058s slower than the lead Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Jean-Eric Vergne. However, Vettel's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo – eighth quickest overall – appeared to be hit by some reliability issues which limited him to just 15 laps.

Jenson Button and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten as Williams appeared to be struggling on the high-downforce circuit, with Valtteri Bottas registering the 15th-fastest time.

Track conditions were tricky due to low grip levels on Friday morning, with numerous drivers running wide and locking up in to Turn 13 in particular. Hamilton ran very wide early in the session, while Pastor Maldonado went off at the final corner. Late in the session, Adrian Sutil also had a spin at Turn 2 as cars continued to slide around.

Vettel was unhappy with a Mercedes at one stage as he was overtaken in to Turn 1 – raising a hand at the time – and then believed he was held up in the next two corners as a result. The Red Bull ran close behind the Mercedes through the first sector to prove his point.

Max Chilton endured a tough morning as he returned to the pits at the end of his installation lap with smoke emanating from the back of his Marussia. With flames also visible, Chilton stopped in the pit lane and the team had to extinguish the small fire before analysing the problem, doing well to change the gearbox and get Chilton back on track for the final five minutes of the session.

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